Angel di Maria could still leave Real Madrid before the transfer deadline, although the Champions League winners are holding out for an enormous €60 million. Both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have been linked.
Early days still
Di Maria’s proposed transfer to PSG appeared to have collapsed, but Guillem Balague has offered an update on the situation. Madrid, he claims, may be forced to lower their demands if Di Maria is to be shifted, but it remains very much “early days”.
As far as the player is concerned he is, understandably, more than happy with the contract proposal made to him by PSG - €8 million-per-year net.
Balague explains that it is now up to Manchester United to convince Di Maria that a prospective move to Old Trafford would be a better option.
Di Maria had long been expected to leave Real Madrid for PSG, despite the financial sanctions on the latter, but common sense appeared to have prevailed with the president of the Ligue 1 champions, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, claiming the Argentina international would prove “too expensive”.
PSG are restricted to ‘only’ a net spend of €60 million this summer after being slapped on the wrists by UEFA, and have already splashed most of that on David Luiz. They are still capable of signing Di Maria, of course, but must ensure they also sell before the transfer deadline.
The acquisition of Luiz and the prospective fee for Di Maria would have to result in the departures of at least two prominent players, but more likely several more, so a deal for the latter is off the table unless Madrid backtrack somewhat on their valuation.
Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore would appear to be the most highly-valued sellable assets for PSG, and reigniting interest in Di Maria could result in something of a domino effect.
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Manchester United link
This is not to rule Manchester United out of the equation, of course. Louis van Gaal has long been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, although it remains to be seen how effectively Di Maria would slot into the manager’s system.
Di Maria did much of his good work for Real Madrid towards the end of last season in a central position, and it would seem highly unlikely he would be signed to displace Juan Mata or Ander Herrera.
Manchester United are also well stocked in terms of players for the front two positions, which will be occupied by a resurgent Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, so Di Maria’s prospects would appear slim.
Van Gaal’s decision not to operate with the traditional winger, rather wing-backs, would also seem to be detrimental for Di Maria. He is not exactly renowned for his defensive endeavour, so it could take some convincing for him to move to Old Trafford ahead of the Parc des Princes.